Friday, March 4, 2016

Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 8

While I'm Waiting...KonMari week 8
Phew!  I just barely completed week 8 before it was time to tackle week 9!  I had an off week last week but I'm back and determined to see some change this week!  Thank you for coming back and sharing my KonMari journey with me!  This challenge is based on Marie Kondo's book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing!

This week's challenge was all things office supplies!  I knew I loved office supplies but apparently I love to keep office supplies all.over.the.house!  The key to all things KonMari is to make sure that similar items are kept in one spot - and one spot only!  Never let them spread to other parts of the house (easier said than done, I know!).

Designate a place for each thing - the reason every item must have a designated place is because the existence of an item without a home multiplies the chances that your space will become cluttered again. - Marie Kondo

For this week's challenge, I decided to tackle the drawers and cabinets at my desk area and also the kids' school supplies.  Check out these before and after pics!

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 I guess you could consider this my stationery cabinet.  Needless to say, I could never find anything I was looking for (and apparently never took the time to put things back where they went).
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 I pulled everything out, re-thought what I really needed (and, of course, what brought me joy!) and now I have a space that truly functions for me!  I added labels to the shelves so my family has no question where the envelopes or thank you notes might be! ;)
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Want to know how many phone books I found in this drawer?  Three!  Who even uses phone books anymore?!  Not to mention the countless directories that I had stashed from the various schools our kiddos have attended!
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 And, the after!  I also printed a couple of quick labels to remind us where things can be found and returned!
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 Holy heck!  I guess this is what you would call a "junk" drawer.  I look at this and just shake my head.  You can tell it was organized at one time but the mess slowly crept back over time...
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 Ta Da!  Here's the beautiful after!  One of the things I love about these before and after pics is that I didn't spend one penny on re-organizing.  Everything you see I already owned. #thismakesthehubbyhappy

Clutter is caused by a failure to return things to where they belong.  Therefore, storage should reduce the effort needed to put things away, not the effort needed to get them out. 
- Marie Kondo

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 Haha - the journal in this drawer says, "Housework could kill you - but why take the chance?"  Apparently I was erring on the side of caution!
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 And the after!!!  *I'm pretty sure we have four bottles of crazy glue because we never knew if we had any and would just buy more.  Hopefully this won't happen again!
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 I'm sure Marie would consider this a black hole!  Manuals and random cords - be gone!  My motto while going through these items was, "Don't know - let it go!"
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 And let it go I did!!!  I have a completely empty drawer and I love it!
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 Yikes!  I completely forgot I had these candles stashed away in a cabinet!  I had gotten into a bad habit of half way burning a candle and then putting it back in the cabinet.  How terrible is that?!  So, I threw out any candle that had lost its joy!

By eliminating excess visual info that doesn't inspire joy, you can make your space more peaceful and comfortable. 
- Marie Kondo

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Definitely more "peaceful and comfortable"!
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And for my last area for this week, I tackled the kids' school supplies.  I love to stockpile items when I find them on sale but the stash can get quickly out of control.
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I matched up like items and here's the finished product!  Now the kids can see exactly what we have and can take what they need without digging to the bottom only to realize we didn't have index cards anyway!  Vertical storage is key!

*TRUTH STATEMENT - We have WAY too much stuff.  We know this and have known this but working through this method has exposed this on a grand scale.  I don't share this with you to show how much we have but merely to show you how much stuff accumulates if you don't deal with it.  I'm sharing in hopes that someone will be encouraged and begin taking back their life from their stuff.  We all deserve to be surrounded by only things that we love and bring us joy!

I've had quite a few friends reach out to me and wonder, "how can you get rid of so much stuff" and "have you missed anything yet?"  I can honestly tell you, as of this point, it is very easy to get rid of stuff.  I fully understand that less is more and the less stuff you have, the less chance you have for clutter.  By getting rid of so much, I'm appreciating what I have so much more.  And, cross my heart, I promise I haven't missed one.single.thing that I've tossed or donated!

Discarding things that don't spark joy has no adverse effects - it is a strong reminder that we have been living all this time surrounded by things that we don't need. - Marie Kondo

Thank you for stopping by and checking in to see how the progress is going!  If you are working through de-cluttering and organizing - stay strong!  You can do this!  It really is worth it!

Next week is electronics and music followed by digital clutter in week ten!  I {might} take a detour and work on a few other areas next week but you can count on some before and after pics!  And, in case you've missed any of my journey, you can find the previous weeks' links here:

week 2 - clothes
week 3 - clothes, cond't
week 4 - children's clothes
week 5 - books
week 6 - paper
week 7 - paper, cond't

I also recapped my first few weeks on the KonMari journey and you can read more of that here.
While I'm Waiting...take control of your clutter

If you are still wondering if The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing book is right for you, I urge you to at least read it and give it a try.  I was at the point where I knew my current method wasn't working and thought I might as well give it a try.  I've got a long way to go but I know it will be worth it!  Join the journey with me!

Gig 'em and God bless! 
Holly

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30 comments:

  1. Wow! You are really doing a fabulous job! I am still folding and putting away and my drawers are amazing and I love them! I haven't made it to the office yet. I gave up Facebook for Lent and have been working on different projects and organizing the rooms from the remodel from last year! I find I have so much more time since taking a facebook break! And FYI, I too am guilty of putting half burned candles back in the cupboard. I just did it today! I could not bring myself to throw it away. Its a winter scent but my friend made it for me and I just couldn't pull the trigger! HA! Have a great weekend!

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    1. You should totally grab that candle and burn it till it's all gone! ;) I can't believe I'm actually admitting this but I love folding clothes now! Everything I've done to date has stayed how I put it (with the exception of Hope's shoes!). Making time is definitely the key! Thank you so much for your sweet comment! I appreciate you following along with my journey! Hope you are having a great weekend!

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  2. I have heard so many good things about this book. I do not keep stuff and we do not have many closets in our house so that is good but I want to get rid of things that do not spark joy.

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    1. Yes - this book is really worth the read! I wish I was more like you and didn't hold on to things. I'm a maker and I tend to have WAY more projects in process than I can ever complete! And, these kiddos keep bringing home more stuff! :) Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you have a great weekend!

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  3. This rule is so important to me. I always know where the pens, note pads, and scissors are, but even more important to me is having a temporary landing place for certain items. I am legally blind without my glasses. When I take them off to go to bed, they are in their case next to the bed. When I take them off to wash my face, they are behind the faucet of the second sink in the bathroom. A few times I set them down where I happened to be and then couldn't find them. I'm determined to never go through that again.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Yes! Sadly, life takes over some times and we don't get things back where they go and it's a snowball effect. Hopefully this time is better than all the rest! Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy weekend!

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  4. Wow, Holly! What a great job! I think the thing this method and your pics are showing me is how to keep a cleaned up area or kind of thing sorted as it is when finished. I can say I have done cleaning out things quite a few times and I can get to the great looking "after" photo, but keeping it is not so easy. The ideas you share gives me hope for not seeing work undone in the future! Really enjoying this series!

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    1. Thank you, Pam! Opening up your home - especially a cluttered one - is so hard but sharing my real life progress hopefully inspires someone else to give it a try. I see all these magazine/Pinterest homes and think, "does anyone actually live there?!" but I'm finding with this process that we can live AND have an uncluttered home. Just wish the process wasn't so long but it's worth it - I just know it! Thank you so much for following along with my journey! I hope you're having a great weekend!

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  5. Looks great! I am a firm believer of everything has a place and not too much in that place. Keep up the great work :)

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    1. Me too, Tina! That's why this drives me crazy!!! It's so easy for something to get out of control. Hoping this time we can manage and keep things in their place and clutter free! Thanks so much for following my journey!

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  6. I had to click on your link because I just started reading this book too. I'm a minimalist so getting rid of things hasn't been a problem, but she really opened my eyes to ONLY keeping things that bring me joy and I love it!

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    1. Time seems to be my big hiccup. Getting rid of things is the easy part for me! But, life tends to pile up around me and it gets out of control quickly. I'm on the journey to become a minimalist!!! Joy and only joy around me! Thanks so much for stopping by! Would love for you to follow my journey!

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  7. Nice work! It's starting to look really good at your house! I'm about to tackle all my paper and office too.... and I'm nervous! But these before/after photos of yours have been encouraging!

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    1. I almost gave up on the paper and office! So...I kind of skipped it and will deal with it as it comes in the next few weeks! It's kind of cheating but I thought some progress was better than no progress! Thanks so much for following my journey! Good luck with yours!!!

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  8. Your after photos make me smile and bring such peace. I've started tackling our office and realize that I need to add more shelves in the closet just so I am not stacking things. It has been amazing at the amount of paper I have recycled and the number of items I have discovered (that I didn't even know I had. I don't agree with everything in this method but I do feel that many of the suggestions work.

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    1. I agree - some of the stuff in her book was a little wonky but overall, the method behind the madness seems to be working. I appreciate your sweet words so much! I was moving slow today but they perked me up and challenged me to see some results today! Good luck with your office! We can do this!

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  9. WOW, well done, lady! My sister actually sent me a link about the Kon Mari method today and I remembered your post. My husband and I are moving this summer and I am soooo overwhelmed by the whole packing everything up and finding so many THINGS everywhere. I like the concept of sparking joy, what a great way to look at letting go.

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    1. Definitely weed through as you pack - don't pack anything that doesn't bring you joy! You'll appreciate it so much when you are only unpacking things you love! Thanks for following my journey! It hasn't been easy but it's so worth it!

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  10. Wow Holly, your cabinet looks so much like mine! You have inspired me to tackle it this weekend! Really enjoying following along! Thanks for sharing at Brag About It! Pinned and tweeted to share :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Laurie! I'm definitely on a roll now and am LOVING seeing the results! I'm sure my family is sick of me saying, "hey, come look what I just finished!" :) Thanks for hosting and for stopping by! Come back soon for my big closet reveal!

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  11. I enjoyed this post, and especially the quote about getting rid of things that don't cause joy. I have taken heat from some relatives for getting rid of gifts that they have given me - there is no need to keep things around that we don't like - even if it was from someone else. The thought is still there and never gets thrown away and I still remember they gave me XYZ and *that* is what is meaningful, not the actual ugly XYZ thing that I was given. Otherwise it just sits in a cabinet causing clutter! Thanks for Sharing at Thursday Favorite Things!

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    1. SO true! Family is hard! One of the sections of this book is devoted to not letting your family see what you are cleaning out. The whole guilt thing gets lots of people to save things they really don't want to save - which is a huge source of clutter. I'm ALL about joy right now and for the future!

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  12. I've only got round to clothes and books (last summer), but they're still tidy and minimal. I've just not got round to paper and the rest. I really need to, I think there'll be a lot to go again, but it's finding it all over the place that's the problem.

    Yours is looking really good. I'm not sure I'll be able to get rid of that much.

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    1. Hi, Emma! Yes, the paper...I've started a laundry basket and I just toss stuff in there as I find it. I figure once I get everything where it goes, it {might} be easier to handle! :) I bet you would surprise yourself at how much you can get rid of! ;) Come join me! We can do this!

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  13. Oh your posts give me the initiative to declutter my house, once I am feeling good enough to do it... The house always looks so much better when there is organization and not so much clutter with things that don't even get used!! Thanks for sharing over on Inspire Me Monday. Have a blessed weekend!!

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    1. Yes, Nicole! We are surrounded by so many things that we don't even use! I'm learning more and more each day that less truly is more! Thanks so much for stopping by! Would love to have you join me on this challenge! We can do it!

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  14. I have loved watching you de-clutter through the week! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday! Hope to see you again tomorrow! Pinned!!

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    1. Thank you so much for following my journey, Elaine! Spring Break has caused me to take a little break but I'll be back with updates soon!

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  15. I feel joy, looking at your afters!!
    School supplies- my Achilles heel too!
    Your crazy glue- my crayons! you can never have too many crayons! (Especially since I couldn't EVER find any when I wanted them!)
    And I haven't missed any thing either!!

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    1. Haha - thanks! I'm so glad I'm taking pictures. It reminds me how far I've come and that this journey is really worth it! Thanks for sharing it with me!

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